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Progress in curbing trachoma, a blinding, infectious disease

U.S. taxpayers and pharmaceutical companies are leading the way in curbing tropical diseases such as blinding trachoma. The threat has been eliminated in Ghana and Nepal.
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Voice of America’s ‘Music Time in Africa’ spans cultures and genres

"Music Time in Africa," the Voice of America's longest-running show in English, brings African music new and old each week to millions of listeners on the continent and around the globe.
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Pompeo outlines U.S. vision for free, open Indo-Pacific

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a free and open Indo-Pacific is vital to prosperity in the region and international peace efforts, and U.S. businesses have an important role to play.
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This map of the world could save your life

A tool from the World Health Organization helps countries assess their preparedness to stop epidemics. Now a color-coded map is making it easy to tell which countries are getting the job done.
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U.S. makes every effort to lure foreign firms

The U.S., with low taxes and a robust economy, already attracts more foreign firms than anywhere else. The president, governors and mayors are helping lure even more.
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NATO allies boost defense spending, emerge united from summit

President Trump called NATO "very powerful" and "very strong" after a summit where allies agreed to shoulder more of the collective defense burden.
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Tools of modern science help farmers feed a hungry world

Scientists agree genetically engineered foods are safe to eat and help feed a growing world. Learn more about them.
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A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.